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June 11: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 11, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1872, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Of the sixty-four chemical elements which compose our globe, nineteen have been found in meteorites, and as no single element has been discovered in them which was not previously known on earth, it is supposed that the more distant parts of the universe are similar in composition to our sphere.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1906, the Eagle reported, “True to the forewarning of entomologists, months ago, the cicadas, erroneously termed seventeen-year locusts, because of the intervals which elapse between their visitations, have arrived on Long Island in almost as great numbers as land speculators. The insects are scattered about Suffolk County considerably, though they are not nearly so numerous in some localities of their appearance as in others. They are especially abundant along the Wading River branch of the Long Island Railroad, east of Kings Park. At St. James their heavy force began to be appreciated and they are in varying occupation from there to the end of the railroad line. At Port Jefferson and Eastport, they are also very numerous. As there is no evidence of any verdure being eaten by the cicada, real injury by it on this occasion has yet to be ascertained.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1923, the Eagle reported, “PARIS — The transmission of photographs by wireless, in which the image of an individual can be visualized at either end of a telephone, has reached the highest perfection in experiments being conducted in Paris in connection with the anniversary celebration for Edouard Branly, the French inventor of radio. In the experiments, which are the result of years of study, a French scientist, Edouard Belin, succeeded in transmitting an instantaneous flash of an object on a screen adjacent to the telephone receiver. Although M. Belin has not tried to reproduce the image of a person in motion, he declares it will be only a matter of a few more months when the screen will be able to reflect the image of a person minutely enough to show the facial expression of a person talking. His experiences go farther than those of Graham Bell, who succeeded in transforming rays of light into sound waves, and also overcome the difficulties of former experimenters, inasmuch as M. Belin uses a new photo-electric bulb to diffuse light rays.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Eagle reported, “READING, PA. (U.P.) — Local residents had a taste of what nationwide inflation could be like when household and canned goods were auctioned off here at such prices as $1.10 for a quart of chow-chow; 95 cents a quart for raspberries; 70 to 80 cents a quart for peaches, and $20 for one earthen pitcher.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “Postmaster Frank J. Quayle yesterday explained why no flag was flying from the flagpole on the Federal Building, which is also the Post Office Building, on D-Day. The postmaster explained that actually the flag did fly on part of D-Day — in the morning. Then a painter came to paint the flagpole, and the flag had to be hauled down until the paint dried. Often on approaching the building, the postmaster said, he had noted that the flagpole needed painting, and he had ordered — some time ago — that it be done. The painter picked D-Day to do it. But now the flagpole is painted white and ready for any occasion. City authorities, meanwhile, offered no explanation as to why the Brooklyn Bridge towers continued to fly no flag, except that the bridge flag is flown only on national holidays and D-Day isn’t a national holiday — that is, not yet. Today is D+5 Day.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “Police operating in Prospect Park admitted today they ‘cannot begin to cope’ with an alarming outbreak of juvenile gang hooliganism and shocking sex crimes unless additional men are assigned to police the park. Brooklyn’s finest park has become the happy hunting ground for a score of the most notorious teenage gangs from all over the borough, cops said. Scores of other less well-known groups of young gangsters also roam the park grounds, as well as degenerates of all ages, who extend their activities to the nearby Brooklyn Botanic Garden, it was revealed. Since May 1, when the regular uniformed detail was increased and 12 detectives were also assigned to the park, a total of 63 official complaints have been made to police headquarters by victims of outrages ranging from theft of bicycles to mugging and attempted rape. Additionally, more than twice that many complaints have been made anonymously — and are therefore classified as unofficial — by telephone and letter of the same type of outrages, including forcible rape. The degenerates, primarily exhibitionists, are deemed the minor evils of the situation. Now that the season of band concerts and public dancing is at hand, police fear that the crimes of gangs may even encompass murder.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “President John J. Bennett Jr. announced that Congressman Hugh L. Carey (D. 15th Congressional District) has accepted an invitation to report to the Citizens for Educational Freedom at their regular scheduled meeting, Thursday, June 13th at 8:00 p.m. in the school hall of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 440 Ovington Ave. Congressman Carey will review the activities of the house committee on education and labor, of which he is a member, with special emphasis on the progress of various education bills pending before the committee. The Congressman is expected to give his views on new proposals in the educational field. Congressman Carey’s report will follow a talk by professor Mario Cuomo of St. John’s Law School on ‘Federal Aid to Education Pro and Con.’ All those interested in this subject are cordially invited to attend.”

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Brittany Boyd
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Peter Dinklage
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, who was born in 1930; “Maude” star Adrienne Barbeau, who was born in 1945; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frank Beard (ZZ Top), who was born in 1949; Air Supply co-founder Graham Russell, who was born in 1950; 38 Special co-founder Donnie Van Zant, who was born in 1952; Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana, who was born in 1956; “House” star Hugh Laurie, who was born in 1959; surgeon and TV personality Mehmet Oz, who was born in 1960; “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, who was born in 1969; “Fringe” star Joshua Jackson, who was born in 1978; “Transformers” star Shia LeBeouf, who was born in 1986; former N.Y. Liberty point guard Brittany Boyd, who was born in 1993; and “Pan’s Labyrinth” star Ivana Baquero, who was born in 1994.

Mehmet Oz
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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

 

Quotable:

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”

— football coach Vince Lombardi, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1913


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